A Dave Clark Five jigsaw illusyrated by Walt Howarth. Instead of the more normal “340 Pieces” the box lid states the jigsaw features “340 Bits and Pieces”, the name of a big hit for Dave Clark in 1964.

Putting the Pieces Together: The Other Work of some great British comic creators

There are times in a comic artist’s life when work temporarily dries up, or they are offered a more financially rewarding project. Despite the theory that artists are doomed to starve in garrets for their art, the reality is “if the money is offered, take it”. More often than not the project offered is inContinue reading Putting the Pieces Together: The Other Work of some great British comic creators

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Spaceship Away Issue 46 out now – and the Mekon is back in action

The 2018 autumn issue of Spaceship Away (Issue 46) is available now and sees the Mekon return in Tim Booth‘s continuing Dan Dare adventure, “Shakedown Cruise“. Other strips in the magazine include a continuation of “Operation Pintos“, with part five of the story, and John Russell Fearn‘s “The Golden Amazon” saga, coloured by Martin Baines.Continue reading Spaceship Away Issue 46 out now – and the Mekon is back in action

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Space Kingley artist Ron Jobson’s Airfix art documented in latest Constant Scale magazine

The latest issue of Constant Scale, the journal of the Airfix Collectors’ Club, includes a feature by downthetubes contributor Jeremy Briggs about artist Ron Jobson, who provided the art for the three “Space Kingley” books in the 1950s and who painted box covers as well as many instruction sheets for Airfix in the mid 1970s.Continue reading Space Kingley artist Ron Jobson’s Airfix art documented in latest Constant Scale magazine

Spaceship Away Part 45 - Promotional Art

New Spaceship Away plunges back to 1950s for plenty of action and adventure

The summer issue of Spaceship Away – Part 45 is available now, wrapped in cover art by the late Ron Jobson, utilising art from the 1950s space adventure “Space Kingley” stories. (Art that, it has to be said, may have had a lasting influence on the design team of Gerry Anderson’s Thunderbirds?). Inside, there’s theContinue reading New Spaceship Away plunges back to 1950s for plenty of action and adventure

Space Kingley and the Secret-Squadron SNIP

Ron Jobson Artwork Up For Auction

Ron Jobson is not that familiar a name to British comics collectors as he produced very few comic strips in his time, but mention the character of Captain “Space” Kingley to readers of a certain age or collectors of 1950s annuals and you tend to get a remarkable reaction. Between 1952 and 1954 Sampson LowContinue reading Ron Jobson Artwork Up For Auction